The collage takes its name from the poem “A Fountain in the Street” in John Ashbery’s newest collection Breezeway. Ashbery prefaced the poem with an epigraph from the poet Larry Fagin. I’ve been unable to find the poem, but its title, “Content Is a Glimpse,” likely refers to a comment made by Willem de Kooning: “Content, if you want to say, is a glimpse of something, an encounter, you know, like a flash – it’s very tiny, very tiny, content.” The collage does contain a fountain and visual allusions to fountains, but offers overall only a glimpse of the content of the poem.
Carl Nielsen, Serenata in Vano (1914; for clarinet, bassoon, horn, cello, and double bass)
U.S. cartoonist Alison Bechdel portrayed as she works in her studio at the castle of Civitella Ranieri, central Italy, Tuesday, Sept. 2, 2014, courtesy of the John D. & Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation.
The text of the Supreme Court decision in Obergefell v. Hodges, 576 U.S. ___ (2015), may be found just about everywhere, but also here. Continue reading →
The collage is a visual review and homage to John Ashbery’s poem “The Dream of a Rarebit Fiend” in his new collection, Breezeway. For a far more cogent response to Breezeway, read Mark Kerstetter’s typically perceptive commentary here. Continue reading →